Black Plants: 75 Striking Choices for the Garden

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Timber Press, 2009 - Gardening - 159 pages
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Striking, mysterious, sinister, and strange all describe the singular appeal of plants with black (or near-black) foliage, flowers, or fruit. For some gardeners, they are curiosities that yield a special thrill. For others, they are invaluable for providing contrast with brighter elements. Whatever the source of their somber magic, these dusky denizens of the plant kingdom are irresistible to anyone drawn to nature's more unusual manifestations.

In this compact, accessible volume, Paul Bonine profiles 75 of the most alluring black annuals, perennials, bulbs, and shrubs. Some of the plants--like agapanthus and lilies--are darker versions of familiar favorites, while others are rarities that will appeal to the most discerning collector. Each entry describes the plant's essential features and details the requirements for growth and care.

Whether your taste runs to pansies, columbines, and sweet williams or to obscure orchids from the Andes, you'll find a host of intriguing choices in this beautifully illustrated, entertaining book. Black Plants is sure to haunt your dreams.
  

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Review: Black Plants: 75 Striking Choices for the Garden

User Review  - Lori - Goodreads

I liked this book. If I lived in a warmer zone (I live in Zone 5), I would like this book even more. The flowers are cool (literally) and the author does a nice job of explaning and illustrating ... Read full review

Review: Black Plants: 75 Striking Choices for the Garden

User Review  - Elena - Goodreads

I actually grow two of the plants listed in the book. Got them at Chocolate Flower Farm of Whidbey Is WA who was at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. The book was an interesting way to categorize plants. Read full review

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
7
Actaea simplex Atropurpurea Group Hillside Black Beauty Hillside Black Beauty bugbane
8
Aeonium Zwartkop Zwartkop aeonium
10
Agapanthus inapertus LilyoftheNile
12
Agonis flexuosa jervis Bay Afterdark Jervis Bay Afterdark peppermint tree
14
Ajuga reptans Black Scallop Black Scallop bugleweed
16
Albizia julibrissin Summer chocolate Summer Chocolate silk tree
18
Alcea rosea Nigra Black hollyhock
20
Ipomoea batatas Ace of Spades Ace of Spades ornamental sweet potato
86
Ipomoea batatas Blackie Blackie ornamental sweet potato
88
Iris Black Gamecock Black Gamecock Louisiana iris
90
Iris chysographes Black Form Black iris
92
Leptinella squalida Platts Balck Platts Black brass buttons
94
Maxillaria schunkeana Schunkes maxillaria
96
Nemophila menziesii Penny Black Penny Black baby blue eyes
98
Ophiopogon planiscapus Nigrescens Black mondo grass
100

Alternanthera dentata Rubiginosa Ruby calico plant
22
Amorphophallus konjac Devils tongue
24
Angelica gigas Korean angelica
26
Anthriscus sylvestris Ravenswing Ravenswing cow parsley
28
Aquilegia vulgaris Clementine Dark Purple Clementine Dark Purple columbine
30
Arisaema afff griffithii Griffiths cobra lily
32
Arisaema concinnum Chinese cobra lily
34
Asarum maximum Large wild ginger
36
Begonia NonStop Mocha Mix NonStop Mocha Mix begonia
38
Camellia Night Rider Night Rider camellia
40
Canna Australia Australia canna
42
Capsicum Black Pearl Black Pearl ornamental pepper
44
Clematis recta Purpurea Purpurea upright virgins bower
46
Colocasis escultent Black Magic Black Magic elephant ear
48
Coprosma Black Cloud Black Cloud coprosma
50
Cosmos atrosanguineus Chocolate cosmos
52
Dahlia Bishop of Llandaff Bishop of Llandaff dahlia
54
Dahlia Karma Chocolate Karma Chocolate dahlia
56
Delphinium Chocolate Chocolate delphinium
58
Dianthus Black and White Minstrels Black and White Minstreals carnation
60
Dianthus barbatus nigrescens Sooty Sooty sweet William
62
Dracula diabola Devils dracula orchid
64
Dracula vampira Vampires dracula orchid
66
Dracunculus vulgaris Voodoo lily
68
Epipactis gigantea Serpentine Night Serpentine Night giant stream orchid
70
Fritillaria persica Persian fritillary
72
Geranium phaeum Samobor Samobor mourning widow
74
Gynura bicolor Velvet plant
76
Helleborus hybridus Lenten rose
78
Hemerocallis Night Wings Night Wings daylily
80
Hermodactylus tuberosus Snakeshead iris
82
Heuchera Obsidian Obsidian alumroot
84
Papaver somniferum Black Peorry Black Peony bread seed poppy
102
Pennisetum alopecuroides Moudry Moudry fountain grass
104
Phormium tenax Platts Black Platts Black New Zealand flax
106
Phyllostachys nigra Black bamboo
108
Physocarpus Diablo Diablo common ninebark
110
Pittosporum tenuifolium County Park Dwarf County Park Dwarf kohuhu
112
Primula auricula Auricula
114
Pseuderanthemum atropurpureum Purple false eranthemum
116
Ranunculus ficaria Brazen Hussy Brazen Hussy false celandine
118
Rhododendron Ebony Pearl Ebony Pearl rhododendron
120
Rosa Louis XIV Louis XIV rose
122
Salix gracilostylis var melanostachys Black pussy willow
124
Salpiglossis Chocolate Pot Chocolate Pot painted tongue
126
Salvia discolor Andean silverleaf sage
128
Sambucus Black Lace Black Lace elderberry
130
Scabiosa Ace of Spades Ace of Spades scabious
132
Sedum Black Jack Black Jack stonecrop
134
Solenostemon Dark Star Dark Star coleus
136
Solenostemon Inky Fingers Inky Fingers coleus
138
Streliztia nicholai Giant birdofparadise
140
Tacca chantrieri Bat flower
142
Trillium chloropetalum Volcano Volcano giant wake robin
144
Tulipa Queen of Night Queen of Night tulip
146
Veratrum nigrum Black false hellebore
148
Viola Sorbet Black Delight Sorbet Black Delight viola
150
Vitis vinifera Purpurea Purpleleaved grape
152
Weigela Java Red Java Red weigela
154
Zantedexchia Schwarzwalder Schwarzwalder calla lily
156
USDA WINTER HARDINESS ZONES
158
PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS
159
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About the author (2009)

Paul Bonine is co-owner of the wholesale nursery Xera Plants Inc. and has worked in the nursery industry in Oregon for almost two decades. In addition to consulting for NPR, various newspapers, radio, and television, Paul has written for several national gardening publications.Black Plantsis his first book.

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